One potato wants to have a party. A big birthday party. So he invites all his potato friends. He is one potato and soon the others become two and threOne potato wants to have a party. A big birthday party. So he invites all his potato friends. He is one potato and soon the others become two and three and so on. But the trouble is that soon there are too many potatoes to fit into the house. They sure try to fit…but with a little nudge and push and shove things get out of hand. Then they all become mashed potatoes!
This is a silly counting story. Mostly because just squishing a bunch of potatoes together doesn’t really make mashed potatoes…but it does make a funny story. And the different personalities of the various potatoes is amusing. The kiddos that read the book with me loved looking for the “birthday potato” or the “pirate potato” or whatnot. And the two-year-old especially loved seeing the mashed potatoes with the hats and glasses and things. Basically this is a fun counting story that kiddos who love potatoes (whole or mashed) will enjoy....more
A bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the bigA bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the big city next to his forest home. The city was bright, noisy, and just too busy for the bear to handle. In order to get away from the hustle and bustle he went into a building and ended up going up an elevator and into a fancy apartment. The bear wanted to take a little break from the city, so he stayed in the apartment. First he tried to eat some porridge, but only one was okay enough to eat. Then he tried to sit on some chairs, but only one was comfortable…and he broke that one. Then he tried to take a nap, but only one bed was worth sleeping in. Eventually the family who lived in the apartment came back. They were dismayed that their house had been disturbed…and that the one who disrupted the abode was sleeping in the little boy’s bed. However, unlike the traditional story, this one did not have the sleeping bear run away as soon as the family woke him up…because the mother of the family was none other than Goldilocks. She and the bear (who turned out to be Baby Bear) had a good chat before Baby Bear went back to his home in the woods.
This is a funny story for those who know the original story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Young readers will especially like the different types of “porridge” and “chairs” (a goldfish bowl/ cat food or cactus/cat respectively) that Baby Bear tends to try. The illustrations are also very colorful and bright. With such fun expressions on Baby Bear, Goldilocks and her family kids will enjoy reading this silly spoof of a classic fairy tale....more
Two little spider-like blob creatures (one blue and one red) find a peanut. They both decide that they want the peanut for themselves. One wants it foTwo little spider-like blob creatures (one blue and one red) find a peanut. They both decide that they want the peanut for themselves. One wants it for a hat. The other wants it for a pretend telephone. On and on it goes while the two creatures argue and fight over who should have possession of the peanut. Of course things get even trickier when a larger creature comes along and demands that the peanut is his. Then along comes an elephant. The elephant breaks the peanut shell in half and eats the peanuts inside. Then the creatures learn that sharing just might work.
This is a fun story about sharing. The two creatures seem like very good friends until they both want the same thing. The simplicity of the blobs and the background. I also really liked how the blobs are illustrated where the peanut looks more like a photograph and the elephant looks like a textured photograph/illustration. Also, the fact that the text is so simple will make it a sure hit for little ones with short attention spans for the text but love looking at all the details of the story and illustrations. Such a fun book....more
Kate Walden has one serious hobby. She is making a film. She and her best friend Alyssa have been working on the film for ages. Kate writes, sets up,Kate Walden has one serious hobby. She is making a film. She and her best friend Alyssa have been working on the film for ages. Kate writes, sets up, directs and films the scenes. Alyssa stars in them. Along with a few chickens. Sure they may seem like the organic chickens from her mother’s organic chicken farm business, but really they are the zombie chicken stars of the movie. If only Kate could think up a good ending for the film. But this is all just the background hobby for the book. The real meat of the story is how Kate learns to deal with what happens when bad things happen to you–even if sometimes bad things happen because your best friend isn’t always acting like a best friend.
This is another drama, drama, drama book about tween girls. And to be quite honest, no it wasn’t my favorite book. In fact, I found Kate quite annoying. Which meant that I cringed most of my way through the book. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the fact that tweens who are trying to understand the complexities of the whole middle school social circles (and the roller coaster of popularity that comes with it) will enjoy the story. And the fact that there is something as strange as zombie chickens thrown in (and a secret or two as to how to make really good fake blood) will help those crazy tweens to laugh at the absurdity of it all. So yes, I can recommend this book with a librarian’s gusto. I just know that I personally would skip the drama and the backstabbing and the selfishness of those tween years. I personally would rather go and read something about paper-folded Star Wars characters....more